The United Nations (UN) has appreciated Bangladesh’s role in promoting peace and development both globally and nationally and termed it as ‘committed actor’.
With being the top four troops contributing countries for the last ten years, more than 6,500 Bangladeshis serve in peace operation across the world at present.“Bangladesh is an important supporter of the Secretary General's reform agenda of peacekeeping including: zero tolerance of sexual exploitation and abuse”, said UN Resident Coordinator in Dhaka Mia Seppo recently.
Bangladesh may also wish to avail itself of support from the UN, as needed, in screening those to be deployed, especially to senior positions, in accordance with UN policies and also as follow-up to recent human rights recommendation, said Mia Seppo.
“The country's support to the Secretary General's plan of action to prevent violent extremism and associated agreement is reflected in the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2017-2020”, she said.
Speaking at the programme, UN resident coordinator also recommended Bangladesh to be able to change its offer to peacekeeping to remain relevant as peacekeeping is changing.
“For example, the number of women peacekeepers, whom Bangladesh has so ably deployed should continue to increase”, she added.